Resources on Habits – To Manage Them

In kendo and life, we develop and acquire habits – automated and ingrained patterns of behaviors, actions and thoughts.  It can be a challenge to modify them or adopt new ones.  For example, some may discover a pattern of self-talk which attracts anxiety or fear just prior to shiai’s, interviews or presentations and possibly self-criticism afterwards.  They may wish for thoughts which promote calmness, confidence and encouragement instead.  Others may wish for a natural posture without a hunch, more use of the left arm instead of the right arm in strikes or the riddance of habits that opponents can take advantage of (e.g. predicable patterns such as movements of the shinai, feet or shinai to block or looking where to strike).

For those interested in learning more about habits, their importance and how to manage them, I’ve compiled a list of resources on this topic below organized as follows:

  • About Habits in General
  • The Importance of Developing “Good” Habits
  • Ways to Change Habits
  • Ways to Acquire New Habits

The principles and techniques therein can be applied to replace undesired habits and acquire new ones in and outside of kendo.  I may update this page with additional resources in the future.  Quotes on habits are listed under the section “On Habits” in Shinsa and Shiai – Quotes for Inspiration (Part 1) and Additional Quotes on Habits.

May these principles and the practice help empower and enrich your kendo and life!


 

About Habits in General

The Importance of Developing “Good” Habits

Ways to Change Habits

Ways to Acquire New Habits

 

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